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Moosic & Arts Festival coming to Van Riper State Park Aug. 15

Sixth annual Moosic & Arts Festival coming to Van Riper State Park in Marquette County

Organizers of the Moosic & Arts Festival at Van Riper State Park near Champion (Marquette County), Michigan, are getting ready for the sixth annual event, which runs from 12:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15.

Festival musicians perform on a covered stage in the day-use area of the park. If it rains, the festival moves into a park shelter building.

“Come out and listen to the sounds of local musicians, enjoy the wares of local artisans or delight your taste buds with a pasty. We will even be having family-friendly programs throughout the day and a bounce house for the kids,” said Melanie Brand, a DNR accounting assistant at Van Riper State Park. “Whether you are planning to camp for the weekend or visit for the day, this event will offer fun for everyone.”

Performers at the festival feature a range of musical styles from country and folk to classic oldies and bluegrass.

The musicians’ lineup this year includes:

  • 12:30-2:45 p.m. — Music for All Kids
  • 3-4 p.m. — Zach Lancaster
  • 4:15-5:15 p.m. — Tyler Dettloff
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. — Green Gene
  • 6:45-7:45 p.m. — Goldmine Girls
  • 8-9 p.m. — A.J. Stone
  • 9:15-10 p.m. — Matt Hannah

The Upper Peninsula Luge Club will be at the festival with its wooden-tracked luge, and a park explorer guide will present a program on moose.

Vendors will offer jewelry, crocheted items, dog accessories and more.

The festival is named for the area’s connection to moose. The park has an educational moose kiosk display, and moose are often seen in the vicinity of the roughly 1,000-acre park. The relocation of moose from Canada to Michigan was staged from the park in the mid-1980s.

There is no charge to participate in the Moosic & Arts Festival, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to Van Riper State Park.

For more information on the event, including signing up as a vendor, contact Melanie Brand at 906-339-4461 or brandm2@michigan.gov.

For more information on Michigan state parks, visit www.michigan.gov/stateparks.

To check camping availability and make reservations, visit www.midnrreservations.com.

A Recreation Passport grants vehicle access to any Michigan state park, boat launch, state forest campground or nonmotorized state trailhead parking. Residents can purchase the Passport for just $11 ($5 for motorcycles) at the time of Michigan license plate renewal through Secretary of State. Forgot to check “YES” during renewal? Residents and nonresidents can purchase a Recreation Passport window sticker during regular business hours at state parks. Learn more about how the Recreation Passport supports state parks and local outdoor recreation opportunities at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.


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